STORY OF RICKY
RIKI-OH: STORY OF RICKY
Story of Ricky is designed as a pure comic book for those who like it all the way. The purest comic book touch is the character of the assistant warden a grossly fat pig with a glass eye and a metal claw in lieu of one arm. He is at various points throughout seen dragging prisoners along the floor with the hook in their mouths or using it to impale their hands to tables during interviews. And then there is his glass eye in the first scene, we see him drinking a glass of water with a white ball in it and then removing it from the empty glass and putting it back into his eye socket, and later on he offers mints out of it to people. There are times the comic book topples over into slapstick silliness, particularly with the character of the wardens geekish son. The film also has hokey makeup effects and very poor English subtitling but all of this is made up for by the sheer comic-bookish enthusiasm of its gore.
Story of Ricky also falls into the genre crossbreed of the science-fiction prison film, which has included the likes of Escape from New York (1981), Turkey Shoot (1983), Spacerage: Breakout on Prison Planet (1985), Wedlock/Deadlock (1991), Fortress (1993), New Eden (1994), No Escape/Escape from Absolom (1994) and Death Race (2008). It shares the same thematic preoccupations of these films usually that of a loner fighting a war against a corrupt system. Of these, Story of Ricky uses its science-fictional scenario in the most minimalist way possible the future is only a means for it to set up an extremely harsh prison regime and beyond that it has no interest at all in being a science-fiction film, with the exception of the climax where the warden inexplicably mutates into 15-foot tall monster.
Director Ngai Kai or Ngai Choi Lam has made a number of other genre entries including:- the ghost comedy Ghost Busting (1986); the wacky horror film The Seventh Curse (1986); the revenge film Her Vengeance (1988); the Wu Xia fantasy Peacock King (1988) and its sequel Saga of the Phoenix (1990); Erotic Ghost Story (1990); and the body hopping aliens film The Cat (1992).
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